Thanksgiving Day 2008

I am thankful today. Every year I try to pause on Thanksgiving Day and return thanks for the blessings in my life. In no particular order, here is a sampling:

I am thankful for my wife. In good times and not-so-good times, Tracy remains a steadfast, loving, giving companion.

I am thankful for my children. Ever since I was a young lad, I wanted to be a father. I could not be more proud of Cody, Jenna, or Katie.

I am thankful for my step-children. They each have giving hearts like their Mom. I am proud of all of them.

I am thankful for my health. I have had some scares this year. These have served to help me appreciate the bod I have. I am trying to take better care of it.

I am thankful for my friends. Your steadfastness through the years never ceases to warm my heart. The laughs, the memories, and the ploys enrich my life beyond words.

I am thankful this year especially for my grandparents, Hiram and Theo Vick, and Clare and Nellie Redders. Though they are no longer here, they have each instilled a legacy into me. I tell my children to treasure their grandparents, because when they're gone, they're gone. My Grandma Redders put her heart and soul into many Thanksgiving feasts. My Grandma Vick never forgot our birthdays or failed to send us Christmas cards and gifts such as handmade shirts, sweaters, and fruitcakes. My Grandpa Vick was a kind and gentle man, and my Grandpa Redders could fix anything. I miss them all so much.

I could go on and on, so I will curtail things here and wish you Happy Thanksgiving 2008.


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